Act local when it comes to animals

Published 9:51 am Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I would like to thank Diana Culp for her letter to the editor dated Oct. 1 for her clarification on the distribution of the Humane Society of the United States funds that are raised to help the homeless animals. It is good to know that someone who is knowledgeable in this matter has come forward with this statistic.

I don’t disagree that the Humane Society of the United States does help with the education of the public to the plight of homeless animals. However, our local shelter has received nothing from this organization. But according to the letter from the state director of the Humane Society in St. Paul, Howard Goldman, dated Feb. 19 of this year, in response to my letter to the editor dated Feb. 10, regarding contributing locally and not nationally, the national Humane Society does contribute to local shelters. However, they do not state how the shelters are to apply for these contributions. We heard nothing from our state Humane Society when our county commissioner stole the money that was donated by a private party to the humane society for a new shelter, even though there was coverage in the metro area regarding our situation in both the metropolitan newspapers and the television stations.

All of the funds that are used at our local shelter have come from the generous donations of the community, fundraisers, private donations and grants that have we have applied for. As I stated in my letter to the editor, please consider donating to your local shelters first. They are in need of the help from the communities that these shelters are serving.

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All kinds of supplies are needed. Cleaning supplies, pet food, toys, towels, blankets and of course monetary donations are greatly appreciated and well as volunteers.

Before you sent you checks to the big national organizations, please think of your local shelters.


Christy Forman

Albert Lea